The iPhone 7 will not have a traditional headphone socket.

Apple said its lightning connector could be used instead, which would make room for other components. It will also promote the use of wireless earphones, and has released a set of its own called Airpods.

The firm said it had taken “courage” to take the step. However, it risks annoying users who will now require an adapter for existing headphones.

The US company unveiled its latest handsets at an event in San Francisco following a year in which its phone sales and market share shrank.

Other new features include:

– the home button can now detect how firmly it is being pressed and provide vibration-based feedback, but no longer moves into the phones

– the handsets can be submerged in water up to depths of 1m (3.2ft) for 30 minutes at a time

– the larger iPhone 7 Plus model gets a two-lens camera on its rear, allowing it to offer a choice of focal lengths

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